A Special Thanks to Our Fabulous Clients!

As you know, we get pretty busy here at Make Me Fabulous. Between salon appointments, commercial shoots, personal projects, and weddings, I sometimes feel like we barely have a minute to sit down. But, more often than not, I get emails forwarded to me from my staff from clients and these emails are  fabulous!

I’m particularly touched that our clients take the time to let us know we’re doing an awesome job. It means the world to us and bolsters us on those days (if ya know what I mean, yes we all have them!)  I feel very fortunate to love what I do. Seeing a client’s face light up when they see themselves in the mirror after we have completed their hair and makeup never gets old. And it simply never will. Our staff works so hard to make sure our clients are more than happy and they are truly professionals in every sense of the word. It is my goal to not only make our guests feel the best they can but also train my staff to provide the best services and treat our customers with great hospitality as well!

For example, this is an excerpt from an email I received recently from one of our guests that visited the boutique…

My name is Vincent and I recently had a fantastic experience at Make Me Fabulous. I took my mom to get her hair done–she was scared having never done so before. I was very impressed at how comfortable all of the ladies made her feel and their expertise and product knowledge set us both at ease. They also went above and beyond to accommodate my Mom being in a wheelchair and transferred her from one chair to another. I was dealing with laryngitis and couldn’t talk, but Amy offered to get us both tea as she finished my Mother’s hair. We were in a rush  to get her to a doctors appointment and she finished exactly on time.

Being a sales supervisor it is my job to coach my associates about exemplary customer service; I have never seen a better example than at Make Me Fabulous! I’m sure it comes as no surprise, but we are both very happy customers! Please extend my thanks to all of the staff and, particularly, Amy who went above and beyond to make our visit an unforgettable experience.

We are confident that we will only be going to your salon from now on. Looking forward to our next appointment!

Sincerely,
Vincent and Mom

One from a very sweet bride and now boutique customer:

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Alayne and her team are amazing, she kept me calm all morning and made me look truly stunning. I received so many compliments about my hair and makeup…I was glowing. Alayne took the time to drive 3 hours in the worst weather but stood by me for touch ups and breathing exercises! I couldn’t have asked for anything else… She is a wonderful person, a fantastic makeup and hair expert, and I’m so glad to have shared this day with her.

I was in tears–happy ones, of course!

And another one from a happy bride…

For years I had heard about Make Me Fabulous through the countless wedding photography blogs. When it came time to choose the beauty professionals for my own wedding, there was no other name on my mind when I thought who would be the best. Expectations were not only met but widely surpassed. My first experience with them was at a hair trail for my mother and I. Other than having a headpiece in hand and knowing I wanted my hair up, I had no clue what to do for my wedding day for hair and makeup. Amy and Lauren immediately set me at ease and worked with me to figure out a natural enhancing, slightly dramatic and beautifully romantic look for myself. I nearly cried when I saw the finished product in the mirror that day.

On the day of the wedding they showed up at our hotel suite in time and in high spirits. I was thrilled to spend the morning with Amy, Amy and Lauren. Having 11 of us on the schedule was a big undertaking, but they did it well, keeping us on time and on track. They fit right in with my bridal party who loved them immediately and were ecstatic over the results of their own hair and makeup. My mother and mother-in-law looked so incredibly gorgeous and they worked magic with my mother’s short hair (which I thought other than a blowout there was nothing you could do to enhance chin length hair). My own look for the wedding was not only replicated from the trial but improved upon to total perfection. As my wedding ended I found myself checking my hair and makeup bewildered to find both beautifully intact after 7 + Hours. When I look at photos of myself from even late in that evening, I am still awed at how beautiful they made me feel. There is nothing in the world like that feeling and I’m so grateful to them for that. The work is exceptional, but the total experience of Make Me Fabulous is beyond words. Make Me Fabulous was simply incredible as professionals and as people. Not only will you look absolutely fabulous, but you will feel fabulous.

And finally, two new friends of ours after their Skidmore College graduation:

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Thanks so much to MMF for making my friend Jessica and I look amazing for graduation! The whole process was stress-free, went smoothly and we were all ready with time to spare before graduation. Alayne did a fantastic job with our hair and makeup! And the little “beauty emergency” kits were so cute. Thanks again, Bettina

PS Thanks to Alayne’s bobby-pinning expertise, my cap did not budge the entire time!

So to everyone who has written us or left us feedback on Facebook or Twitter–THANK YOU! Know that we appreciate it so much. We truly have the best clients and we’re so thankful for that.

Stay fabulous–

Alayne

Are You Ready to Bare All?!

Is it May 1st yet? Because here at Make Me Fabulous we’re so excited for all of our clients to try the latest from bareMinerals!

From the creators of the award-winning cult-favorite ORIGINAL foundation comes a revolutionary new serum foundation that could only be bareMinerals!

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BARESKIN by bareMinerals!

--Famous no-makeup look and feel.
--No silicone. No oil. No parabens. No fragrance.
--Hypoallergenic. Non-comedogenic.
--Dermatologist tested.

BARESKIN is being hailed in the May issue of Allure Magazine as “liquid Photoshop.”

Stop by Make Me Fabulous beginning May 1st to get shade matched!

Stay fabulous–
Alayne

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All About Eyelash Extensions (available at Make Me Fabulous)!

Hey, friends–we’re back with an all new blog post! We haven’t even entered into our busy season, but things have been hopping for us here at the boutique and all over town!

Did you know that in addition to our world renowned salon and beauty services that we also offer eyelash extensions here at Make Me Fabulous?! It’s true! I wanted to take some time to tell you all about this hot trend!

Eyelash extensions are single synthetic or silk fibers which are applied to natural eyelashes to get a fuller look. Using a medical grade bonding adhesive, synthetic/silk lashes are applied one by one to the natural lashes. The procedure takes approximately 1 ½ hours for a full set of extensions. During the application,  one natural lash is isolated at a time and attached about a half millimeter from the lashline, to avoid touching the skin. This process is continued until all of the lashes that are long and strong enough are covered with an extension. Women average about 75-150 lashes per eye, which is why this procedure takes time. The length of the extensions depend on the length of your own natural lashes, as they need to be at least half the length of an extension.

We all shed our own lashes naturally every 45-60 days, and that is why it’s important to get your extensions “filled in.” Most clients prefer coming in every 2-3 weeks for fills to keep that full and luscious look. Once the lashes are applied, they need to stay completely dry for at least 24 hours to allow the adhesive enough time to fully bond. The lashes shouldn’t be touched, curled, or rubbed, and any products containing oil should not be used on or around your eyes. Oil is the enemy to the adhesive as it will dissolve the bond and the extensions will fall off.

Erin, our lash extension specialist, has been doing eyelash extensions for 4 years, and teaches a certification course at the Aesthetic Science Institute, in Latham NY  Check out these two eyelash extensions that we did recently. The difference is amazing!  I also wore them to a very “Sparkly” wedding for our friend Katie O’Malley and they truly looked and felt fabulous, which inspired me to write this blog and tell you all about them! You’ll hear more about Katie O’s  wedding day preparations soon, I promise!

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I hope you enjoyed learning all about eyelash extensions–if you have any questions or are interested in learning more, leave me a comment or email us at info@makemefabulous.com!

Stay fabulous–

Alayne

 

 

Bare Minerals on Sale for the Month of April!

Can you believe that it’s April?! I feel like we’ve been hibernating for far too long! But now that the warm weather and the flower bulbs and birds are starting to emerge, we wanted to offer our loyal Make Me Fabulous customers a special deal!

For the entire month of April we’re taking 25% off ALL in stock bare minerals READY foundations, blushes, and select eyeshadows! With this deal, you’ll be ready for spring!

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Stop by the shop at 32 Front St. Ballston Spa! Hope to see you soon!

Stay fabulous–
Alayne

Ask Alayne: Shampoo FAQ, Keratin Hair Straightening, and Hot Lip Colors Just off the Red Carpet!

We’re back with an all new edition of Ask Alayne! We’ve been getting some great questions (keep ‘em coming), so let’s get right to it!

Question 1: Alayne–I’ve been reading a lot about how washing your hair frequently is bad. Specifically, when you wash your hair on a daily basis you strip your hair of its natural oils and, therefore, your body overcompensates and makes more oil. But then I read a different article that completely refuted this! I’m super confused (and so is my hair)! I think it would be nice to scale back on washing my hair, but I also don’t want to sacrifice my style (my hair gets really oily, really quickly). What’s your take on all of this and do you have a dry shampoo that you prefer? Thanks so much! Jenn

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Answer: Thanks so much for your question, Jenn! I wish I had a simple answer, but it really depends on the person. Obviously, everyone has different hair types and some of us are dry, others are oily…but I tend to agree that cutting back on washing your hair–maybe washing every other day–is generally a good idea. When you do shampoo, look for products that are sulfate free (like Moroccan Oil products) and don’t be surprised if it takes your locks a week or so to acclimate to your new schedule. Oily hair may look a little slick at first, but if you can wait it out, it’ll be worth it. Here at Make Me Fabulous, we really like the Morroconoil dry scalp and oily scalp treatments.  They are formulated to actually re-balance the conditions of the scalp.  It may seem odd to add oil to oily hair but, trust me, it works! The only thing that cuts through oil is oil! Also, we carry some fabulous new “powders”   which absorb oil and give that highly sought after lived in look, that is sooo popular right now.  A cult favorite is the Osis Dust It or Bumble and Bumble Pret-A-Powder.

 

Question 2: Alayne–I have curly and somewhat frizzy hair (especially depending on the weather) and I’m really interested in trying a keratin hair straightening treatment. But I’m also worried that the treatment could potentially be bad for my health. What’s your take on it? Thanks so much! Christina

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Answer: Excellent question, Christina! First and foremost, know that Keratin is a protein that is naturally in your hair. Second, we do offer keratin hair straightening treatments here at Make Me Fabulous and more!   The health concern stems from the use of formaldehyde in the keratin treatment. Keratin straightening products are all approved by the FDA, but in 2011 the FDA came down on some brands because they found higher levels of formaldehyde then was allowed. Since then, formulas have been changed and they’re all deemed safe by the FDA. But, like anything, you need to weigh the pros and cons of a treatment. We’re obviously comfortable with it, but we want you to be also. We actually offer two types of hair straightening treatments–the Brazilian Blowout with keratin and CHI Enviro hair smoothing system without. The Brazilian Blowout has been voted as a top favorite amongst stylists worldwide for the past few years and is the best option for seriously thick, curly or frizzy hair.  The CHI Enviro uses a pearl and silk complex instead of keratin to smooth and straighten hair and is the best option for chemically damaged, wavy or fragile hair. Honestly these new treatments have been noted as being “LIFE CHANGING” by some of our clients. We love them both and we’d be happy to discuss which option is best for you! Feel free to call at: 518.885.2929!

 

Question 3: Hey, Alayne! I noticed so many celebrities sporting orange lips at the Golden Globes and other award shows. I LOVE this look, but I’m a little scared. Do you have any shades that you’d recommend? Thanks for your help! Liz

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Answer: Hi, Liz! Great question and very on-point! Believe it or not, friends, orange is really hot right now! I have a few recommendations for you, Liz–first, an option from stila cosmetics (a new favorite makeup line for us at MMF); a lip stain called “Mango Crush.” It has hint of orange and is definitely subdued. This is a great product and is so versatile! Last, our trusty standby with that tangy tingle of peppermint and cinnamon oil–the Marvelous Moxie lipcolor from Bare Minerals.  The glossy coral red shade of “Game Changer” was ALL THE RAGE  at NY fashion week, Spring 2014. We love both of these options for almost all skin tones!

Three awesomely fabulous questions this month! I hope you found this helpful and feel free to email us or contact us through Facebook or twitter!

Stay fabulous–

Alayne

Bliss is on Sale – all January and February

In honor of getting our bodies in shape for the new year.  We have put all Bliss body products on Sale, Big!  50% off.

Including all the Fat Girl Slim products, hydrating body products, waxing products, Love Handler and Thinny Thin Chin.

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A Former Rockette Receives a Day of Beauty with Alayne

Recently I have had an opportunity to become acquainted with an amazing woman.  The problem is… looking at Miss Janet Murphy, you don’t really know how amazing she is!. Well, that all changed on Martin Luther King Day 2014.   You see, Janet is an extremely selfless hard working woman, and saw a recent photo of herself and realized she didn’t recognize the woman she saw.  She felt a bit pale and well… tired… and why wouldn’t she be.  Here’s why!

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 Janet became a Rockette performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City at the age of 20.  She  was chosen as a Rockette the very first time she tried out , which she later found out rarely happens. Janet is still involved in the Rockette Alumni Association and often travels to NYC to meet with her former dance members.  When she was a teen she rarely attended school functions or dances because she was always practicing.  She said she would often do 1000 kicks per day!

After Janet finished performing  with the Rockettes she went south and performed at Walt Disney World.   Janet was an only child, born in Utica New York, and was very close to her mother.  Janet’s mom would take her to see the Rockettes perform in NYC. They also attended the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City each year.  About 15 years ago, Janet’s mother took on the task of being the local executive director to the Miss America Preliminary Scholarship Competition.  Janet’s mother  was struck with cancer the year that her first local competition was to take place.  Janet took on ALL the duties that would have been her mother’s.  Although, Janet’s mother attended the pageant she died just a few weeks later.  Today, Janet, who never had any children of her own, carries on her mother’s dream and oversees 3 Miss and 3 Outstanding Teen competitors who go on to compete in the Miss New York America Competition and Miss New York Outstanding Teen Competition hoping to win scholarship money to attend college or fulfill their own dreams.  Some of her girls have even won full college scholarships all together.

We talked a lot that Martin Luther King day about all the girls she has met and helped and still maintains relationships with to this day. She could recall their talents, the years they competed, the dresses they wore and all their now children’s names!!!  She told me about driving, sometimes alone, to Florida year after year to show support to her “teen girls” competing there.  And how happy she was that the Miss America Pageant was back in Atlantic City where she and her mother attended 17 years in a row!

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Janet Before

Janet also teaches 28 dance classes per week, from toddlers to senior citizens all around the capital district.  Her seniors have been asked to perform all over the east coast!  And as if that wasn’t enough, she is also an assistant manager at Christopher and Banks retail women’s specialty store in Colonie Center. Why does Janet do all this.  To keep her mother’s dream and the dream of young girls alive! 

So now you know why Janet was looking a bit pale and tired in the photo.  What I didn’t tell you was that the photo was taken because Janet found out that she had been awarded an honor from her job at Christopher and Banks for her commitment to the company, her customer service and her outstanding productivity in the entire northeast region, and her picture would be appearing on the company website! So when a mutual friend of ours heard that Janet somehow had a day off on that chilly Monday, she asked me to squeeze her in for a day of beauty.  I couldn’t say no!

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Miss Janet (in green) and I having fun with a few local titleholders.

Janet’s next annual competition will be held on March 1st, at the Edison Club, in Clifton Park.  She plans on having 15-20 girls from all over the state competing for 3 titles to attend the Miss New York America competition in May.  Check out Janet’s facebook page

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or email her at Missempireroseandstar@gmail.com

feel free to message her with any entry inquiries, donations or questions.  If she doesn’t get back to you right away I’m sure you’ll understand why and plan on seeing a new Janet there that day!

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We colored Janet’s grey with Schwarzkopf Absolutes, Not too far from her own color so upkeep would be minimal and shine would return to her neglected locks. We left her hair long enough so she can still pull it back for dance classes. She dislikes when her bangs cover her eyes, so we trimmed them slightly.

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Our inspiration for her makeup was from a Rockette photo she showed me from almost 3o years ago. Janet even knows how to put on her own false lashes with ease, when she has time!! I showed her how to put her hair into a quick, yet elegant French twist for the upcoming pageant!

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Thank you for spending your only day off with me Janet! The pleasure was all mine!!

 

2013 Was a Fabulous Year!

Wow–I can’t believe it’s January (nearly February) already! 2013 flew by and was a really amazing year for us here at Make Me Fabulous. I wanted to share some of our biggest and most fabulous moments from the past twelve months! Take a look below and see what we were up to last year…

This brides dress was so spectacular it took her entire bridal party a full hour to get her completely in it!  We always wait till the bride is in her dress to see the final product and put in her veil!  Sometimes this means we have to do a lot of waiting around, but really we were busy doing lots of fabulous fun stuff too!

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Starting off in February, Make Me Fabulous was invited to participate in the Electric City Couture fashion show; we worked with Changes Salon and April and Company and this turned into a year long collaboration!

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In March, Make Me Fabulous was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings for Biz and Micah’s Saratoga wedding!

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In April, we were featured in InStyle Hair Magazine for one of the MOST pinned images on Pinterest! The photo below is by Seth Guistimbelli.  What is even more amazing is that we didn’t even have a Pinterest page (now we do–see all the fabulousness here) when we received the notice! The original pin actually came from our friend and former bride Samantha at The Elegant Owl.

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Make Me Fabulous owner, Alayne Curtiss, was featured in the book Twenty Something Girl, co-authored by former MMF bride, Melissa Fiorenza! Alayne is quoted on page 5, two pages after Gwyneth Paltrow, “I’m totally OK with that!”Alayne says.

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In the late spring, Make Me Fabulous collaborated with JP Elario for a promotional shoot for Angela’s Bridal in downtown Albany–we worked on 11 brides! OK, so you can’t tell from this photo, but it was pouring rain all over our 11 beauties and their dresses after the staff at Angela’s Bridal and Team Fabulous spent 5 hours creating bridal perfection. We were running in between takes covering the “brides” with tarps, umbrellas, and coats!

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Make Me Fabulous was featured in both Style Me Pretty and on the Carats and Cake blog for Mary and Drew’s Lake Placid Wedding with Tracey Buyce Photography! Major props go to David Michael Schmidt of Renaissance Floral Design and Christine Wheat of Christine Wheat Events who worked for days and left no detail untouched to turn this remote Adirondack location into a wedding paradise.

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We were so honored to be part of Namita and Dom’s Franklin Plaza wedding this past July after the couple survived a near death accident in Germany. How gorgeous was Namita?! Their wedding was also featured recently in HerLife Magazine! Indian weddings are filled with so much tradition and detail; our  team was in and out for Namita and Dom’s wedding for 12 hours! Photography by Niki Rossi Photography.

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Make Me Fabulous welcomed several new products lines including bliss, philosophy, and stila!  This now makes us the carrier of 5 of the top selling cosmetics brands in the nation!

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In the fall, we were honored to be asked (again,) to collaborate with JP Elario of Elario Photography and Angela’s Bridal for another promotional photo shoot for the new Mazzone event space at 90 State St. in downtown Albany! Alayne found her inspiration for the styling for this shoot after watching an ad that appeared on You Tube one day while she was cooking and listening to Carrie Underwood. Plus, JP loves when brides wear their hair down! Check out our sweet assistant Rebecca in the back who we coerced to fill in for a sick model. She was heard jokingly saying, “You can get our own coffee today!”

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In late November, we helped Kelly and Craig celebrate their wedding…just after Craig celebrated winning the World Series with the Boston Red Sox. Our team raved that Kelly was one of the sweetest brides they have ever worked with! Photos by Servidone Studios and a special thank you to Katie O’Malley of Katie O’ Events or insisting that we find room for her beautiful couple!

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And, a surprise bonus, one of our couples (#13) was included in the Huffington Post’s top 25 photos of the year! Congrats to Kate and Kyle!

Wow–what a year! So much has happened and I’m so thankful to the amazing #teamfab and our fabulous clients! We hope you enjoyed our look back on 2013 and we’re so excited to see what the rest of 2014 brings!

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Stay fabulous–

Alayne

Re-opening Tomorrow!

50-75 percent off

We will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, January 9th at 10 am! We are open until 8 pm. Better yet, we will have hundreds of items on sale 50-75 percent off!

A Fabulous Saratoga Wedding…

Happy New Year! I want to share with you the fabulousness that was Kelly and Craig’s Saratoga wedding!

This was a unique wedding for us as, though it didn’t seem like it from the get go. Like most brides, Kelly came to Ballston Spa for her preview about a month prior the her wedding with her mom and sister-in-law to be. She and her fiance were just a little busy, though. Her soon-to-be husband, Craig, is a south paw pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. So the months prior to their November wedding were pretty hectic with baseball season and then the Red Sox winning the World Series…yeah, no big deal, right?!

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During the trial, Senior MMF makeup artist, Suzan, said Kelly wanted a smoky eye and a natural lip, and she loved the look.  I used our new Stila In the Know Artist Eyeshadow Palette, and Bare Minerals Rule Breaker Moxie Lip Gloss. But on the wedding day Kelly threw us a curve ball (hah!) and decided to have a more natural look. I used the same palette and just toned the application down a bit. Kelly was one of the sweetest brides I have ever worked with and is stunning to boot! She definitely made my job easy!
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For Kelly’s hairstyle, senior stylist, Angela, noted that Kelly wanted a soft and natural look, again. We decided that big, soft, flowing curls would be so gorgeous with the sheer top of her wedding dress. We constructed a very simple down-do with loose waves by using my favorite combo of Schwarzkopf Osis styling products including, Flatliner for thermal protection and control against humidity and Freeze pump hairspray for hold. We used a 1 and 1/4 inch curling iron and let the curls cool while her makeup was being done. Kelly was very elegant and radiated a subtle, timeless glamour. With her kind and gentle demeanor I wouldn’t have guessed she was marrying a world series ball player!  Kelly actually hired Suzan and Angela to stay on and to touch her makeup and hair after the ceremony (just incase she needed it). After the ceremony, we just gave her a few quick tossles, spritzes, and a lipgloss touchup and sent her on her way to enjoy the rest of the evening.
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We were really honored to be part of such an amazing day! Congratulations again to Kelly and Craig and thanks for choosing Make Me Fabulous!

Stay fabulous–
Alayne